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    Chinese lupine?

    What makes the lupine so special that the Chinese manufacturer can't replicate?

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    Nothing, if the Chinese wanted to. It does not fit their typical business model though. Sell a few high priced items (with good customer support) at a reasonable profit or sell lots of low priced items (and provide no support) at a small profit. Probably easier in the second model. When your reputation is shot, change the name and move on.

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    They already did. The original Magicshine got more than a little inspiration from the Lupine Tesla.
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    THe big thing is tha Lupine thought of it first (i.e. innovation) and then the Chinese attempt to copy it but usually fail at it except for the outward appearance (more or less).

    The copier will never know as much about the product as the original innovator and as such reliability issues and other things typically crop up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bollis View Post
    What makes the lupine so special that the Chinese manufacturer can't replicate?
    How about putting LEDs directly onto ordinary circuit boards? The chinese don't do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bollis View Post
    What makes the lupine so special that the Chinese manufacturer can't replicate?
    they can, but they don't need to. the chinese are selling 10 times as many lights as Lupine anyway. they appear happy to sell lights for $40 instead of $1,000. they just have a different way of running business over there.

    at some point in the early 90s the Japanese decided they wanted to compete with Germans on American car market and they created Lexus, followed by Acura and Infnity.

    then more recently Korean Hyundai decided it wanted to compete with cars like Infinity and they created Genesis.

    who knows - maybe one day Chinese will get serious about making lights.

    but a copy will never be as good. even when german makers produce in China they will usually produce the flagship product in Germany and cheaper products in China. why not produce everything in China to save money ? because you get better quality when the manufacturing and research/development is physically under the same roof. the same goes for them being figuratively under the same roof. the chinese copy will never be as good, just like Lexus isn't as good as Mercedes, and Infinity isn't as good as BMW. but the chinese certainly can get a lot closer than they are now.

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